Israel-Palestine Feature: Deaths Rise on Both Sides in Jerusalem and West Bank


PHOTO: Israeli security forces surround the body of a slain Palestinian man on Wednesday (Oren Ziv/AP)

Amid the worst violence in Jerusalem in years, Israel’s police have killed two more Palestinians, one of them after he reportedly stabbed an elderly woman.

More than 30 Palestinians have been killed in the last two weeks, while several Israelis have been slain in stabbing attacks.

In the latest incident, Israeli police shot and killed a Palestinian man outside the Central Bus Station after he attacked a 70-year-old woman, who tried to board a bus to escape.

The deceased was identified as Ahmed Fathi Abu Sha’aban, 26, East Jerusalem. He was recently released from an Israeli prison after serving three years on terror charges. The woman was “moderately” injured with wounds to her upper body.

Earlier in the day, the police killed a Palestinian at the entrance of the Damascus Gate. Ma’an News Agency said the man was 20 years old and from Hebron in the West Bank.

Protests have surged again in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, after a relative lull following demonstrations, stabbings, and the killing of Palestinians by Israeli security forces in July. The tension has been fueled by Palestinian anger at possible visits by Jewish groups to Temple Mount, which includes the al-Aqsa Mosque compound, and eventual partition of the area into Muslim and Jewish sections.

Some of the more than 30 slain Palestinians were attackers, but others were demonstrators. Seven Israelis have been killed in the stabbings.

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Israeli troops have set up checkpoints at the exits of Palestinian neighborhoods in East Jerusalem following the Government’s adoption of new security measures. Six companies of soldiers deployed to urban areas alongside police.

Israel’s Security Cabinet also approved a proposal to withhold the bodies of those killed during attacks from their families.

Addressing Palestinians on television for the first time this month, Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas said in a recorded speech that he supported “peaceful and popular” struggle against Israel:

Peace, security and stability will only be reached when the occupation ends and an independent state is established with East Jerusalem as its capital….

We will continue our political, national and legal fight and we will not remain tied to agreements that Israel does not respect.

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  1. I expected slanted coverage from EA, but not outright lies.

    “and eventual partition of the area into Muslim and Jewish sections”

    This is stated as fact with no qualifier, but there’s no one who offered this. Then again, the ‘alleged’ qualifiers seem to be randomly placed. e.g. The women was ‘reportedly’ stabbed in one paragraph, but below that this is stated as fact. OTOH, The man was just killed by police (not ‘reportedly’).

    “Addressing Palestinians on television for the first time this month, Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas said in a recorded speech that he supported “peaceful and popular” struggle against Israel”

    He also blamed Israel for killing a 13-year terrorist (which is still alive), and claimed Jews ‘defile Al-Aqsa’ (previously).

      • Electronic Intifadah of course (well, that probably suits your tastes).

        Anyhow, most people are slanted. Newssources as well. That’s life. A particular POV, slanted coverage – that’s something a discerning reader can adjust to. But outright falsehoods make a newssource useless.

        • Good $deity, Don, that sounds like a hefty case of Xtian-Zionism you be totin’ along there!

          Do you mind sharing how and when you were ‘saved’/’born-again’?

          • The Wikipedia article is long but worth reading.

            The point of the historical documents is that the same mindless tribal, religious and imperialist conflicts were going on there thousands of years ago, and have seldom ceased since. I blame the geography of the Middle East, and human nature.

            There might be less fighting one day if people get bored with religion, but that doesn’t seem likely any time soon.

      • Are they Sunni Arabs ? The genetics suggests to me that they are Sunni Jews.

        In other words, this is a religious and political conflict, not a racial one.

        And compared to the current events in Syria and Iraq, it is a very small scale conflict. There are dozens of such conflicts going on around the world. It’s human nature, or at least the nature of humans who believe things.

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